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Director:
Writers:
Albert Hackett (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
11 June 1948 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The great MGM musical romance
Plot:
A girl is engaged to the local richman, but meanwhile she has dreams about the legendary pirate Macoco... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Be A Clown, Be A Pirate, Be A Clown See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judy Garland ... Manuela

Gene Kelly ... Serafin
Walter Slezak ... Don Pedro Vargas

Gladys Cooper ... Aunt Inez

Reginald Owen ... The Advocate
George Zucco ... The Viceroy
The Nicholas Brothers ... Specialty Dance
Lester Allen ... Uncle Capucho
Lola Deem ... Isabella

Ellen Ross ... Mercedes
Mary Jo Ellis ... Lizarda
Jean Dean ... Casilda
Marion Murray ... Eloise
Ben Lessy ... Gumbo
Jerry Bergen ... Bolo
Val Setz ... Juggler
The Gaudsmith Brothers ... Poodle Act (scenes deleted) (as Gaudsmith Brothers)
Cully Richards ... Trillo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lola Albright ... Manuela's Friend (uncredited)
Marie Allison ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)
Anne Beck ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Baker (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Artist (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Bruce Cowling ... Guard (uncredited)
Willa Pearl Curtis ... Black Maid (uncredited)
Peter Cusanelli ... Jovial Civilian (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Town Clerk (uncredited)
George Emerson ... Boatswain with Parrot (uncredited)
Fred Gilman ... Coachman (uncredited)
Suzette Harbin ... Black Maid (uncredited)
Jane Howard ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Jill Meredith ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)
Aurora Navarro ... Duenna (uncredited)
Fayard Nicholas ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Harold Nicholas ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Jimmy Page ... Black Barber (uncredited)
Sharon Saunders ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)
Dick Simmons ... Captain (uncredited)
Dee Turnell ... Luisa (uncredited)
Irene Vernon ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)
O.Z. Whitehead ... Hurtada (uncredited)

Marie Windsor ... Madame Lucia (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
 
Writing credits
Albert Hackett (screenplay) and
Frances Goodrich (screenplay)

S.N. Behrman (play)

Joseph Than  uncredited

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lennie Hayton (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr.  (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
Blanche Sewell 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Tom Keogh 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist
Sydney Guilaroff .... hairstyle designer
 
Production Management
Al Shenberg .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Arthur Krams .... associate set decorator
Doris Lee .... paintings
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Norwood A. Fenton .... sound (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Russell Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Borland .... grip (uncredited)
Jerome Hester .... still photographer (uncredited)
Sam Leavitt .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... costume supervisor
Barbara Karinska .... costume execution (as Karinska)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lennie Hayton .... musical director
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Roger Edens .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Alton .... dance director
Henri Jaffa .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Gene Kelly .... dance director
Conrad Salinger .... instrumental arrangements
Leslie H. Martinson .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
102 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The second of three movie musicals in which Judy Garland and Gene Kelly starred in together, though they did appear separately in other movies and features.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Gene Kelly first shouts 'MACOCO' during the fight with Don Pedro, his mouth is wide open but he never moves it to make the third syllable of the word.See more »
Quotes:
Macoco:The sound of my name was like thunder rolling in from the sea!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in An Evening with Gene Kelly (1977) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Love of My LifeSee more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Be A Clown, Be A Pirate, Be A Clown, 1 April 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Gene Kelly and Judy Garland stepped into some mighty big shoes when they accepted the lead roles in The Pirate. On Broadway, The Pirate ran in the 1942-43 season for 177 performances and the shoes that Kelly and Garland were filling belonged to Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne. True it's probably one of the lighter vehicles that Lunt and Fontanne ever did, still it might have been interesting to compare what they did with the snappy dialog of S.N. Behrmann.

Cole Porter signed on to write the score for this musical adaption of The Pirate. Porter had been in a creative dry spell for a few years, most notoriously he was associated with a flop musical based on Around The World In 80 Days, a couple of years back. Believe it or not, he was having trouble getting work in Hollywood and on Broadway when he signed with MGM for The Pirate.

According to the George Eells biography of Porter, it was Gene Kelly who asked Porter to write a clown number for him and Judy Garland. Porter responded with Be A Clown which turned out to be the hit of the film. The rest of the score is not top drawer Porter, but mediocre Cole Porter is better than most songwriters can come up with.

Judy Garland plays another starry eyed youngster in The Pirate which is set in the 18th century Caribbean. She's first seen reading what would later be called a dime novel about the legendary Makoko the Pirate. She's getting into an arranged marriage with the mayor of the town, staid and settled Walter Slezak. When a troupe of strolling players led by Gene Kelly come to town, under hypnosis she reveals that she longs to be the bride of Makoko. What's Gene Kelly to do, but pretend to be Makoko.

That's all well and good except that Walter Slezak is the real Makoko now just trying to live in peaceful obscurity away from the authorities who want to hang him. All this leads to some interesting complications that of course get all sorted out in the end.

Judy gets to do two ballads in her unmistakable style, Love Of My Life and You Can Do No Wrong. And she stars in a rousing production number where the proclaims her enchantment with the legendary Makoko in Mack The Black.

The film got a tepid response in 1948, it's given far better critical notice in retrospect. The Pirate was produced by MGM's legendary Arthur Freed and his unit and directed stylishly by Vincent Minnelli who was Judy Garland's husband at the time. Today's audiences would far better appreciate the combined wit of S.N. Behrmann and Cole Porter.

As for Porter, his next writing assignment would stop all talk of his going into decline. The following year Kiss Me Kate debuted on Broadway which was Porter's biggest critical and commercial success. No one ever said that score wasn't up to his usual standard.

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